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Experienced Biotech Leader and Capital Markets Professional Elevated to Chief Financial Officer from Chief Business Officer Role
Appointment Effective July 11, 2022
WATERTOWN, Mass., July 11, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SQZ Biotechnologies (NYSE: SQZ), focused on unlocking the full potential of cell therapies for multiple therapeutic areas, today announced that it has appointed Micah Zajic, as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Zajic has served as the company’s Chief Business Officer since October 2020 and brings nearly 20 years of biotechnology and capital markets experience to the role. As CFO, Mr. Zajic will continue to report to the CEO and will lead the company’s finance and accounting, business development, investor relations, and communications functions.
"Since day one, Micah has been an invaluable member of the SQZ executive leadership team; he has been instrumental in leading our business development efforts and managing other critical teams across the organization," said Armon Sharei, Ph.D., CEO and Founder at SQZ Biotechnologies. "He is a deeply talented individual that has demonstrated the ability to contribute more broadly to SQZ’s mission. I am excited to continue working closely with Micah as we work to drive patient impact with SQZ’s cell therapies"
Mr. Zajic joined SQZ Biotechnologies as Chief Business Officer in October 2020 where he develops and maintains key strategic relationships with current and potential external partners. Prior to joining SQZ, he led corporate development activities at MeiraGTx Holdings including execution of a significant collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals; and helped complete multiple financings for the company. Mr. Zajic also served in a similar capacity at Alexion Pharmaceuticals where he focused primarily on the evaluation and execution of external partnerships, license agreements, and acquisitions. Before that, he spent over a decade in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking Divisions working on capital raises and strategic transactions for clients across the healthcare industry. Mr. Zajic holds a BA in economics from Georgetown University.
"It has been an incredible privilege to work at SQZ for nearly two years, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the company’s next CFO," said Mr. Zajic. "The company is well positioned to achieve its strategic goals with multiple programs in the clinic and a pipeline of tremendous potential. I am looking forward to working with the talented teams across SQZ in this new capacity as we progress SQZ toward our mission to unlock the full potential of cell therapies."
About SQZ Biotechnologies
SQZ Biotechnologies Company is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on unlocking the full potential of cell therapies for patients around the world. The company has active programs in oncology, autoimmune and infectious diseases, as well as additional exploratory initiatives to support future pipeline growth. SQZ’s proprietary Cell Squeeze® technology can deliver multiple biological materials into many cell types, offering the ability to engineer a broad range of potential therapeutics. With clinical production timelines already under 24 hours, the company has the potential to enable broader patient accessibility through point-of-care manufacturing implementation across multiple therapeutic programs. Our approach could also improve a patient’s treatment journey with no planned hospitalization or preconditioning treatment. The company’s first therapeutic efforts seek to generate target-specific immune responses, both through activation for the treatment of solid tumors and infectious diseases, and by immune tolerance for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. For more information, please visit www.sqzbiotech.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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